Ryanair will create 1,000 jobs in three UK airports
Approximately 1,000 jobs will be created at airports in Liverpool, Manchester and the East Midlands as airline Ryanair is to expand its operations.
Ryanair is planning to expand its operations at airports in Liverpool, Manchester and the East Midlands. Nine new routes will be created at the three airports and two new aircraft will be added to operations at Manchester and the East Midlands.
Michael O’Leary, chief executive at Ryanair, said the company is “growing like gangbusters”. Its success, which comes at a time when other airlines are struggling, was partly due to its strategy of basing some larger aircraft at regional airports around the UK, rather than London, he adds.
Hopes are that from 2013 it will carry an extra one million passengers. Ryanair plans to create 460 new roles at East Midlands, 360 at Manchester and 180 at Liverpool, which include pilots, engineers, cabin crew, handling staff and baggage staff.
Charlie Cornish, group chief executive of Manchester Airports Group, which operates Manchester and East Midlands Airports, said the company’s expansion is the type of growth opportunities they are seeking in the market.
Craig Richmond, chief executive of Peel Airports, which operates Liverpool John Lennon Airport, stated that the expansion was "great news both for the airport and the region too". Holidaymakers will have greater choice and more visitors to Liverpool and the North West will boost the local economy, he adds.
Bob Atkinson, of consumer choice website Travelsupermarket.com, said this expansion will be positive people will be able to take up new employment or continue in existing employment.